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Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
The state will review logs and other records out of "an abundance of caution."

Tim Rudell
In The Region:

A fracking operation southeast of Youngstown remains shut down as state investigators look into what caused three small earthquakes near the drilling site Monday.

The U.S. Geologic Survey says the quakes -- none measuring more than 3.0 -- were in the vicinity of Lowellville.  

Mark Bruce of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says drilling was suspended at a two-pad, seven-well site near where the quakes were felt out of “an abundance of caution.”  He said the drilling operation’s owner, Hillcorp Energy is cooperating with ODNR’s probe.

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"Some of the information we’re going to look is logs, regarding drilling, regarding cementing, regarding stimulation—also known as hydraulic fracturing, and completion of the well.  So, there’s a lot of information that our experts here look at to determine what did happen.” 

Bruce says the suspension of operations will remain in effect for as long as it takes to determine if the drilling had anything to do with the tremors.   

Listener Comments:

Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of these items and how laws have been enacted, I think not.

Posted by: Barbara Pack (44515) on April 6, 2014 1:04AM
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